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NASA receives 18,300 applications from 'wanna be astronauts'

NASA receives 18,300 applications from 'wanna be astronauts'

US space agency NASA said on Friday that a record number of Americans have applied to be astronauts this year. Some 18,300 for its next astronaut class. That s more than double the previous record of 8,000 for the first space shuttle astronaut class in 1978.

It s not at all surprising to me that so many Americans from diverse backgrounds want to personally contribute to blazing the trail on our journey to Mars, said NASA administrator Charles Bolden, a former space shuttle commander.

The application window opened on December 14, and closed on Thursday. Now, an 18-month process will begin to choose eight to 14 individuals for the opportunity to become astronaut candidates.

NASA said it will to announce its selections in mid-2017. The number of applications that NASA has received till date is way more that what anybody could have imagined in his wildest dreams.

Finally, those who complete the training will be assigned on any of four different spacecraft: the International Space Station, NASA's Orion spacecraft for deep space exploration, or one of two American-made commercial crew spacecraft currently in development, Boeing's CST-100 Starliner or the SpaceX Crew Dragon, NASA added.

There are various reasons for this. May be the movies that showcased astronauts have led to this surge and NASA has certainly been doing a great job. Officials have stated that it is quite hearty to see that so many people taking interest in working at NASA. It is going to be a healthy work cut out for the officials in the recruitment panel.

NASA receives 18,300 applications from 'wanna be astronauts'